Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jan 10 2013, 14:02:45

Exclusive: documents seen by the Guardian detail £13 - £15m government funding for 'special police' in Ogaden region

Millions of pounds of Britain's foreign aid budget are to be spent on training an Ethiopian paramilitary security force which stands accused of numerous human rights abuses and summary executions.

The Guardian has seen an internal Department for International Development document forming part of a tender to train security forces in the Somali region of Ogaden, which lies within Ethiopia, as part of a five-year £13 - 15m "peace-building" programme. The document notes the "reputational risks of working alongside actors frequently cited in human rights violation allegations".

Dfid insists that the training will be managed by NGOs and private companies with the goal of improving security, professionalism and accountability of the force but Human Rights Watch has documented countless allegations of human rights abuses.

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